The lights are on
I may be jumping the gun a bit with this one... my girlfriend and I are working our way through Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
We are currently at about 49% completion and have been playing for over
20 hours already. But I've played the other two games (Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and Lego Star Wars: The Original Series) to 100% completion. Since The Complete Saga
is just a combination of the two, I'm comfortable saying I know what's
gonna happen, lol! Plus I've seen the movies like 100 times each (that's
no exaggeration either). I have no issue writing a review of it;^) By
the time we get all the way through this one I expect it'll be in the
neighborhood of 60 to 70 hours to achieve total success. For a 'kids'
game, it's stunningly deep and can be quite challenging!
So let's get the easy stuff out of the way... it's a Lego game. The graphics are pretty straightforward... they're Legos...
duh! Of course, they aren't particularly flashy or anything, just
functional. As for the soundtrack, um it's Star Wars... again, duh! It's
John Williams legendary score! The story is a retelling of each film in
short, silent, simple scenes that capture the 'flavor' of iconic Star Wars
moments. Personally, I think they're hilarious. Plus you can play with a
friend, who can join the fun or drop right back out at any point!
gameplay is quite simplistic as well. You can jump, attack (swing
lightsaber or fire your blaster), or use the 'action' button. The
'action' button allows you to use your Force powers if you are playing
as a Jedi, or 'build' a Lego construction to open new paths and
help you on your way. Different characters have different abilities.
That's pretty much it, this game was designed for children after
all! But once you get through the 'Story Mode' you unlock 'Free Play,'
and that is where the fun and challenge really begins...
you first play through a level you will see doors you can't unlock or
areas you can't access because the characters you are playing with don't
have the necessary abilities or equipment. But when you go back to
replay a level the second time in 'Free Play' you get an entire team to
tackle the challenge. What's really clever though is that, while you can
only pick one player, the computer will put together the rest of your
team so that you will have a group of characters that can access
everything you need to explore every nook and cranny. The tools are at
your disposal, if you miss something it's on you! And some of these
levels are massive, with a lot of hidden areas. You really need to be on
point to discover everything they have to offer. The environments are
all wonderfully realized from the Star Wars movies, and cleverly transformed into Lego form. There are even piloting levels (what would Star Wars
be without being able to pilot an X-Wing down the trenches on the Death
Star!), and while I don't like them nearly as much as the platforming
areas, they are still good fun!
The famous Mos Eisley
Cantina, complete with iconic music, serves as your central hub. It
breaks down like this. Each movie has it's own area, and once there you
can access each section (each film has 6 levels, totaling 36 overall).
To get 100% completion you need to collect Gold Bricks. There are 160 of
them (3 per level, plus some others). You get one for completing the
story mode. One for collecting a certain number of studs, or coins, from
each level to achieve 'True Jedi' status. All those coins you collect
can then be used to purchase new characters for use in 'Free Play' mode.
Finally, you get one for collecting all 10 Lego
canisters that are hidden throughout each level. Some of them are
deviously hidden, you'll need to scour every corner! Each canister opens
a piece of a 'minikit,' and when put together they create a Lego model of an iconic Star Wars
vehicle (X-Wing, TIE fighter, AT-AT etc). But you're not done there
either! You can play the level though again in 'Challenge Mode,' to find
blue minikit canisters (which are located in different areas to the
regular white ones). The kicker here is that you only have a certain
amount of time to do it which makes it that much more challenging!
there are the 'Red Bricks'. Each level has a hidden red brick, that
will appear when you do something specific, say turn on all the lights
in a hallway using the Force. Some of these are very cleverly hidden,
I've actually had to look them up online. This is usually followed by an
"Ohhhhhhh... I see" moment. The red bricks are then used to unlock
special powers from the 'Extras' menu. They are things like 'Fast Build'
or 'Super lightsabers,' but also have random effects like "Disguises'
(where all the characters, including the ships, wear fake glasses and
mustaches) or 'Daisy Chains' (where the grappling hook like is made a
flowers). Necessary? No, definitely not. Funny? I'd say so, I was
With all these options to replay
every level you might think it would get old... but it's surprisingly
addictive, more so than you might imagine. You want to go back
and find everything. That said, it can be quite frustrating in places as
well. When you come up just short of getting enough coins for 'True
Jedi' and you know you're going to have to go back and do it all
again... well, I find my patience wearing thin sometimes. I just can't
play too much of it without getting frustrated... but then again, this
is one of those games that can sit on the shelf for months and months,
and we can pick it right back up again.
While it will take us quite a while of chipping away at Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
to get the illusive 100% completion, I still don't think I'll sell it.
That's saying something... that even after there is nothing left to
accomplish, we'll hang onto it because it's something different and
simple and fun that's still good for a laugh occasionally;^)
Score = 8.5 / 10
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